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Study Materials

Afternoon all, as I have decided to attend ATP in the next several months I was curious is there any specific reading materials that I can pick up and read to give me a head start on my future career outside of the online modules, thank a bunch.

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Once you set a class date they send you a bundle of all the books you will need. The sooner you set a class date the sooner you get it! But you could always buy a book or two ahead of time if you are not ready to set the date, you will just have to pay out of pocket for it and get a duplicate when you do sign up.

KC,

The best thing that you could do is start studying for your FAA Private Pilot Written Exams. You can do that for free at: http://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/learn-to-fly/faa-private-pilot-test-prep.html

Other than that, you could purchase the Jeppesen Private Pilot Manual, I would look for it on eBay.

Chris

Thanks so much, and this is why I LOVE this fourm.

Would you recommend purchasing the whole “learn to fly” course from Sporty’s?

If I wanted to take all of the written exams before I enrolled in ATP what course of action and study materials would you recommend?
Thank you.

Chantelle,

No, I would not. Remember two things, the first is that once you put your deposit down with ATP they will provide you with all of the necessary material to study for your writtens.

Also, remember that FAA written exam results expire after two years, so you shouldn’t take the exams too early or you might end up having to take them again.

Chris

KC,

Glad to know we are of help :slight_smile:

Chris

How far in advance can I put my deposit down? I’m aiming to start August 2018.
I figured I could start my learning now and take the tests early next year within the two year timeframe.

What if I don’t have enough for the deposit right now? I’m anxious to start learning but I am not really sure where to start. I have the PHAK but I am wondering if there are better ways to learn than just reading that cover to cover?

Sorry KC I kind of took over your thread. I hope this is still relevant to you. Thank you!

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Chantelle,

You would have to check with the admissions department directly, but I believe they generally do not accept deposits more than six months out.

If you don’t have the money for the deposit you could buy some video series like the Sporty’s one, but I think your resources would be better used saving for your deposit.

Chris

Thank you Chris! I will check with admissions.

Chris, no worries it’s all relevant and I appreciate all info that’s being given.

Confirmed it with admissions. They allow students to schedule up to 6 months in advance. The deposit is $995.
They also said if you take your written tests somewhere else before you start they will reimburse you the cost of the exam up to $150 per test.

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Chantelle,

Thanks for posting that.

Chris

Chantelle that’s great to know, are all tests roughly the same price for i haven’t looked into it at all.

According to the Comuter Assisted testing services (CATS) website the exams are $150, $140 if you have an AOPA or EAA membership.

http://www.catstest.com/airman-testing-exams/recreational-private-pilot.php

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I know where I am taking mine, the PPL exam was $150, and all the others are $160.

Hi KC,Take a look at Pilot Training Systems videos on You tube it may help you out. https://www.youtube.com/user/pilottrainingsystem/playlists

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Thanks so much I will.

Here some other information you may want to look at https://skyvector.com/ also http://www.aerocrewnews.com/monthly-features/charter-company-feature/ameriflight/ this give you info on different airlines.

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@Chantelle thanks so much for posting the info about the pricing for exams and start date times, I’m aiming to start around the same time next year and was wondering the exact same thing.